House Files to Intervene in NY DOMA Case


A Wall Street Journal blog notes the first example of the House intervening in a case brought against DOMA (this one in New York):

In a filing in federal court in New York, House lawmakers asked to be allowed to intervene in a case that challenged the legality of the law since the Justice Department had withdrawn its defense.

Dan Lungren (R., Calif.), chairman of the Committee on House Administration, which oversees the House general counsel, said: “This administration’s failure to enforce current law, an act inherently unconstitutional in and of itself, has forced the House to intervene and ensure the courts – not the president – determine constitutionality.”